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MIDLOTHIAN ELECTION REFLECTIONS

High School Picture

Election Day is always a day that brings out the best and worst in people. And fortunately, this year – Midlothian saw the “best” in people.  They came out to cast their vote for city officials and school board places. I believe people were elected to public service who’s heart and attitude is in the right place to see our community grow in a healthy manner.

Here is the kicker … the School Bond was passed.  A $97.3 million dollar Bond for High School #2, Elementary #7 and an addition to Frank Seale Middle School.  I don’t know what your personal feelings were. Maybe you didn’t want your taxes to go up, maybe you don’t have any kids in an age group that would benefit from these new schools.  Perhaps your confused – how we can cut jobs and build schools. I understand all of those concerns – and I don’t want to minimize your feelings – however, the beauty of a community – is we all pull together to benefit of each other. That sounds great in theory until you reach into my pocket, hu? I like the picture of the Early Church in Acts 2:44-45, All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.I’m a firm believer in the Next Generation, it is always the responsibility of the previous generation to leave the next generation better off. I think now is the time to pray for Dr Stewart, our School Board, and everyone involved in the decision making process as we move forward.  Midlothian, it’s time to join together with love and determination to see the next generation of students better off than the previous.

Congratulations to Boyce Whatley in his re-election to serve as Mayor of Midlothian, and Wayne Sibley and Bill Houston in their re-election to City Council.  Congratulations to Cindy Williams and Wayne Shuffield for their election to the School Board.  Each of these serve our city with integrity and a determination to better our community, they do so in an often “thankless” atmosphere.  Because of your service, we want to say Thank You!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day

We Have New Babies
For weeks, a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.

One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.

The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, “Tommy, what has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?”

Tommy burst into tears and confessed, “I think Mommy ate it!”

My Teacher is Thankful
Son: Mom, teacher was asking me today, if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.

Mom: That’s nice of her to take such an interest in you. So what did she say when you told her that you’re the only child, my dear?

Son: She just said…”Thank goodness!”

It’s Time to go to School
One early morning, a lady went in to wake up her son. “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”

Son: But why Mom? I don’t want to go.

Mom: Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.

Son: Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!

Mom: Oh, that’s no reason to not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.

Son: Give me two reasons why I should go to school.

Mom: Well, for one, you’re 52 years old. And for another, you’re the Principal!

In all seriousness, we do love our mother’s. They spent countless hours awake at night watching their restless babies, shaped our vocabulary, molded our values, were our first teachers of dedication, honesty, truth and love.  Mom, we love you!

Churches & Car Dealerships

So I went to a car dealership the other day.  If you are like me, you’ve already got that sinking feeling in your stomach.  Pushy sales guy, offers you can’t refused, the ol’ bait and switch.  We got out of our car and were instantly hooked at the hip with what would now be my “best friend” for the next five hours.  We test drove the vehicle, we looked at all the options, I even hooked up my phone through the car’s bluetooth connectivity to make a call (that was kind of cool).  We than went inside to “talk numbers”.  It’s interesting that my “best friend” now had to make periodic runs to see if he can make my deal work out for me.  And finally five hours later, tired, emotionally and physically drained we drove off in a new car.

I can’t help but wonder what do people feel when they come to a church for the first time?  Do they have that same sinking feeling in their stomach when they pull up?  Over-the-top and obnoxious greeters, sales pitch they aren’t interested in, products they don’t need or care to have.  What about our church services?  Are they the ol’ bait and switch? Do we deliver what we promise?  Do people leave later tired, emotionally and physically drained … or does something supernatural take place?  They receive more than they came in expecting, the gift was free, the experience was life transforming.  The emotional and physical drain they came in with is gone, in its place is a new excitement and outlook on life.  All of a sudden, God has shown up on the scene and answered what they had been longing for, but not knowing how to put into words.

So what do churches and car dealerships have in common?  I guess it depends on where you go.